More than six years after Oklahoma City police officers took nearly $120,000 from Quociong Da Ngo, they have finally been ordered to return the money to him. At the time, police used a process known as civil asset forfeiture to seize the money. This meant that, even though he was cleared of any crime, Ngo still had to fight in court to get his money back.
On Jan. 26, 2012, a police officer pulled Ngo over for using his turn signal for only a short time before changing lanes on Interstate 40 in Oklahoma City. Ngo was also driving 10 miles an hour below the speed limit. He explained to the officer that he had rented the car for a vacation and had traveled all the way from Florida, stopping in Georgia and Arkansas.